Newsdesk 2019

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 548           11th May 2019
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: sandsrowland@btinternet.com  

 HEADLINE NEWS                                                                     
 *   David Criniti finishes 3rd M40 in the London Marathon in 2:21
 *   9 Ranelagh inside 3 hours
 *   Laura Blazey is our leading woman
 *   Thanks and congratulations to the Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon
      organising team
 *   Szymon Chojnacki and Rachel Smith lead our teams
 *   Bertie Thomas and James Rushby set fastest times in Stragglers/Ranelagh
      junior handicap
 *   Jonathan Smith wins the Esher 10km
 *   James Ritchie finishes 3rd in the Isle of Wight Challenge
 *   2019 Road Grand Prix underway – next race Sutton 10km next weekend
 *   Green Belt Relay also next weekend
 *  Subscriptions are overdue

 Hon Sec Gordon Whitson writes:
 “Ranelagh Harriers club membership subscriptions for the year from 1 April
 2019 until 31 March 2020 are now overdue. You are encouraged to check the
 new subscription rates that were approved at the last AGM and are listed

 If you are a first claim member, an amount of £15 is allocated from your
 subscription to cover your annual registration fee with England Athletics
 and paid on your behalf by the Club. England Athletics have imposed a
 deadline of 30 June 2019 for the payment of their 2019/20 registration fee
 which was also due on 1 April 2019. Any athletes not registered with England
 Athletics by 30 June 2019 become ineligible to compete in EA licenced events
 until their registration fees are paid.

 To ensure that no Ranelagh members find themselves inadvertently ineligible
 and therefore unable to enter EA licenced races, we would strongly encourage
 all members to make sure their subscription is paid as soon as possible and
 in any event no later than 30 June 2019.”

 The new subscription rates are as follows:.
 Seniors £50
 Under 20 or Student £20
 Family Membership £90
 Retired and Over 60 £25
 Second Claim £20
 Non-Running Member £10

 Payment may be made by Standing Order or Bank Transfer to:
 Sort code: 40-23-29
 Account number: 81109847
 Reference: your initial and name and SUBS – e.g. J SMITH SUBS

 Those of you who pay by standing order will have to contact your bank to
 change the amount.  The club cannot do this for you.
 Alternatively you can leave a cheque for the Membership Secretary in a
 sealed envelope in the clubhouse or give cash to the Treasurer Chris Read or
 either of the Assistant Treasurers Deepa Sharma and John Herriott.

 Looking forward to the next road race we organise – the Ranelagh Richmond
 10km on Sunday 16th June. It has its own website here:. Entries are coming in steadily so if you’re
 planning to run don’t wait too long. As ever, marshals are needed too –
 contact ranelagh10khelpers@gmail.com.

 All under-18s are welcome. The first event was at the Hawker Centre on 25th
 April, remaining dates and venues are shown below. Registration opens at
 6.50pm for a 7.25pm start. Pre-registration is necessary and a parental
 consent form must be completed for any child taking part for the first time.

 Thursday 16th May at the Ranelagh Clubhouse
 Thursday 6th June at the Russell School, Petersham
 Thursday 27th June at the Hawker Centre
 Thursday 11th July at the Ranelagh Clubhouse
 Thursday 29th August at the Hawker Centre
 For registration and more details: 

 The first Grand Prix race was the Thames Towpath 10 miles on April 14th.
 Next came the Spring Marathons – any marathon completed before the third GP
 event which was our Richmond Half Marathon on Sunday 5th May. Next comes the
 Sutton 10k on May 19th. Details:.
 9.30am start.
 More details about the Grand Prix, including current full scoreboard and the
 list of races here:. 
 Leading scores after three events:
 Open: Ted Mockett 20, Kris Davidson 13, David Criniti 12, Mick Lane 12,
 Szymon Chojnacki 12, Richard Willoughby 11, Nick Impey 11, Ian Kenton 11,
 Jonathan Smith 11
 Men Over 40: Ted Mockett 12, Kris Davidson 8, David Criniti 6, Dan Chiechi
 5, James Riley 5
 Men Over 50: Mick Lane 9, Marcus Atkins 9, Martin Harris 6, Jonathan Moore 6
 Women: Marie Synnott-Wells 7, Carol Aikin 6, Rachel Smith 6, Laura Blazey 6,
 Fiona Pugh 5, Alice Forbes 5, Wiebke Kortum 5
 Women Over 40: Rachel Smith 6, Clare Fowler 6, Fiona Pugh 5, Fiona Ford 5  
 Women over 50: Marie Synnott-Wells 12, Carol Aikin 10, Tamsin Burland 5,
 Wiebke Kortum 5 

 GREEN BELT RELAY  Saturday and Sunday 18th and 19th May
 We have three teams of eleven runners entered in the Green Belt Relay, which
 is usually a cracking weekend’s sport. Good luck to all taking part.  

 Deborah Blakemore writes:
 “Our annual Ladies Beginners Course starts again on Tuesday 14th May, 7 -
 8pm at the clubhouse. Couch to 5k in 8 weeks for the bargain price of only
 £10. Further details and an application form can be found here:.
 Any queries, please contact Deborah Blakemore at
 mailto:deboraheblakemore@yahoo.co.uk or you can find me at the clubhouse on
 a Tuesday evening.

 These are Andy Bickerstaff’s annual promotions on Wimbledon Common. I can
 think of many less pleasant ways of spending a summer Wednesday evening.
 Andy writes: 
  “It’s back for the 6th year and yet another iconic mug featuring a part of
 the course is to be had. It would be nice to see a few more of my team mates
 from Ranelagh giving it a go this year for five fun filled and challenging
 Wednesday night miles! There is a series team trophy which has Ranelagh’s
 name on from 2014 but sadly since then it’s been all Clapham and Fulham.
 First race was 1st May and the other two dates are 5th June and 3rd July.
 Enter the series here:  or follow links
 to individual races.” 

 Many of you may have noticed a plaque in the clubhouse commemorating our
 Pennine Way Relay record set back in 1971. 2021 will see the 50th
 anniversary of the original run and Rick Jenner is hoping to get a team
 together to run the relay again in the summer of 2021. As a kicking-off
 point he has arranged a get-together of any interested parties at the
 Roebuck on Tuesday May 14th from 8.30pm. There aren’t too many of the
 original team left but Rick is hoping a few will be able to make it to the
 pub to share their experiences. All are welcome, but if possible let Rick
 know you’re coming: rickjenner77@gmail.com.     

 Wiebke Kortum writes:
 “I am offering three sessions of yoga in June which will be very suitable
 for runners. Venue is  the hall of  St Andrew’s Church. This is the church
 near Ham Gate of Richmond Park where we sometimes train. Classes are Monday
 the 10th, 17th and 24th of June and cost £10 each or £9 if you book all
 three. Themes will be respectively ‘Balances’, ‘Freeing up the hips’ and
 ‘Opening up the chest’. All levels welcome. Bus Stop is 65 and there is
 ample parking available. Let me know in advance if you are interested to
 Wiebke (wiebkeyoga@gmail.com).”

 Mike Peace writes:
 “Beautiful views, challenging hills, a great village location and Parke
 parkrun just down the road (4km jogging downhill). The pub is 5mins the
 other way for later. We still have vacancies for friends and running
 colleagues over the next four months. Double room, ensuite, free wi-fi,
 self-contained, private entrance, ample parking. Short stays at any time
 with significant discounts for club members.
 Please contact mailto:birchanne524@gmail.com for further information,
 pictures and availability (alternatively ring 01647 277125).”

 Barry Williams writes: 
 “I am based in Kingston but run a luxury sports retreats business out of our
 Chateau in the Pays de la Loire in France
 www.groupevolution.com/retreats.  Our model is simple:  partner
 with leading coaches and professional athletes; our retreats are
 all-inclusive; and we offer tailored, high quality training at a stunning
 venue. We often work with local clubs and societies to help get the word out
 about our retreats; offering discounts to members and building our
 following. We would like to try to get more Ranelagh members along, despite
 the short notice. The first running retreat (6-10 June) is hosted by
 Commonwealth Games medallist and professional running coach Liz Yelling. The
 retreat includes airport transfers, all meals, drinks and accommodation,
 wellness and running coaching and sports science assessments along with
 exclusive use of the 27 acre Chateau de la Motte Henry estate and grounds.
 You can find out more here: And have a look at the full itinerary and venue on the following
 website, here: .Flights are
 not included but, from London, go daily from Gatwick, Luton, Southend and
 Stansted. Standard rates are £625 for one person (as part of a couple or
 ‘two mates’, sharing a twin room) or £725 for sole occupancy. To make it
 simple we could make this £595/£695 if Ranelagh members (or their friends),
 collectively, filled four or more places and £575 / £675 if they filled
 eight or more places. 

 Our new supplier for club singlets, men’s and women’s. is iProsports.
 Details and orders:

 Don’t forget that we meet for a casual drink after training on the first
 Tuesday of each month. Venue is the Roebuck on Richmond Hill. All welcome.

 The club is continuing to subsidise track sessions on Thursday evenings at
 the Osterley track. All groups and all abilities are welcome. The sessions
 are  every Thursday 7.30-8.30pm.  Link to the map is here:

 Follow Ranelagh on Facebook. 

 More details of the following from the men's Captains ranelagh.men@gmail.com
 or the women's Captain / Team Manager  ranelagh.women@gmail.com      

 Saturday/Sunday 18th/19th May   Green Belt Relay

 Sunday 19th May            Sutton 10k    *GP race 4*   Details:. 9.30am start. This race often
 fills up before its closing date.

 Sunday 2nd June            Dorking 10 miles        *GP race 5*   Details:. 9am start.

 Sunday 16th June           Ranelagh Richmond 10km      *GP race 6*  Details:. 9am start.

 5km parkruns every Saturday at 9am and 2km junior parkruns weekly or monthly
 on Sundays.
 Venues, more details and registration at www.parkrun.com or

 LONDON MARATHON  Sunday 28th April
 While the number of finishers hit a new record – 42,549 reached The Mall –
 Ranelagh’s contribution numbered 40. This was actually better than we have
 seen for a few years, as the London becomes more and more difficult to gain
 an entry. Phil Killingley writes:
 “A delightful spectacle of running on a blustery Sunday with plenty of blue
 and amber joining the festival of colour that is London. Our results show
 plenty to be proud of, including David Criniti from Oz smashing it in 2:21
 (36th place and 3rd over 40) and Ross Macdonald the first UK-dom member home
 in 2:35.  James Riley has been threatening to perform and did so in style
 with 2:38 - anyone trying to keep up with him in Tuesday reps or on long
 runs (or frankly on Tuesday warmups) won't be at all surprised to see that. 

 Plenty of other excellent results. Tom Fairbrother ran 2:42 and Andy Starr
 hacked no less than ten minutes off his previous best with 2:45. Rich Kimber
 was rightly delighted with 2:49.  I have to pick out Martin Halvey's 3:01 -
 superb for a V60.  And just ahead of him, as if the physical pain of a
 marathon wasn't enough, Ed Perry added plenty of mental anguish with his
 3:00:01. Mike Peace of course has completed every London Marathon since it
 began and was round in a breezy 4:20. He’s now one of only ten
 ever-presents. Laura Blazey, Alice Forbes and Clare Fowler all ran within a
 few minutes of each other as the first three Ranelagh women.  Well done to
 all of you!”

 See “Finally” below for Aussie Simon Wolnizer’s gallant finish.

 In the Mini Marathon best results came from Sam Nesbitt, 12th in the Under
 15 Boys, and Izzy Atkins (whose brother was in the main race) 7th in the
 under 17 Girls. 
      1  Eliud Kipchoge     KEN          2:02:37   SM  
      2  Mosinet Geremew    ETH          2:02:55   SM  
      3  Mule Wasihun       ETH          2:03:16   SM  
     36  David Criniti      Ranelagh H   2:21:42   M40+
    215  Ross Macdonald                  2:35:41   SM  
    340  James Riley                     2:38:47   M40+
    534  Tom Fairbrother                 2:42:23   SM  
    746  Andy Starr                      2:45:50   M40+
    996  Richard Kimber                  2:49:33   SM  
   1280  Simon Wolnizer                  2:53:18   SM  
   1529  Sergio Stillacci                2:55:44   M45+
   2022  Gareth Williams                 2:59:19   M40+
   2138  Ed Perry                        3:00:01   SM  
   2237  Martin Halvey                   3:01:11   M60+
   2669  Michael Everard                 3:06:04   M45+
   2907  Paul Doyle                      3:08:25   M50+
   2973  Karl Hankinson                  3:09:10   SM  
         Rory Atkins                     3:11:00   SM  
   3943  Mick Lane                       3:18:26   M55+
   4041  Bruce McLaren                   3:19:15   M50+
   4785  Marc Snaith                     3:25:19   M40+
   5574  Mitch Phillips                  3:30:12   M55+
   6068  Bill Neely                      3:34:08   M55+
   7115  Richard Willoughby              3:40:35   M50+
   7259  William Griffin                 3:41:38   M50+
   7729  Simon Martin                    3:44:30   M45+
  10107  Egis Vincel                     3:57:15   M40+
  13524  James Old                       4:16:25   M45+
  14162  Mike Peace                      4:20:49   M65+
  14466  Gavin Hillhouse                 4:22:49   M45+
  16710  Colin Brett                     4:37:21   M55+
  16712  Roger Wallace                   4:37:22   M45+
  17717  Ian Grange                      4:44:32   M55+
  18302  Michael Morris                  4:48:59   M45+
     1  Brigid Kosgei     KEN          2:18:20   SL  
     2  Vivian Cheruiyot  KEN          2:20:14   SL  
     3  Roza Dereje       ETH          2:20:51   SL  
   579  Laura Blazey      Ranelagh H   3:18:47   SL  
   720  Alice Forbes                   3:22:02   SL  
   740  Clare Fowler                   3:22:23   L40+
  1370  Fiona Ford                     3:31:58   L45+
  1485  Kathy Henry                    3:33:27   L40+
  1804  Marie Synnott-Wells            3:37:33   L50+
  6170  Aoife Kilpatrick               4:22:49   L35+
  9789  Colette Doran                  4:53:09   L45+
 Boys  Under 13                  
     1  Christo Chilton               16.15 
   113  Charlie Brook (Ranelagh)      19.51 
 Boys  Under 15                  
     1  Thomas Archer                 15.09 
    12  Sam Nesbitt (Ranelagh)        16.29 
    27  Jonny Brook                   17.04 
    36  Tom Armstrong                 17.18 
 Boys  Under 17                  
     1  Oliver Bright                 14.39 
    32  Jacob Patterson  (Ranelagh)   17.04 
 Girls  Under 17                 
     1  Yasmin Marghini               17.20 
     7  Isabel Atkins  (Ranelagh)     18.10 
 Phil Killingley reports:
 “Glorious conditions for the Ranelagh Half - cool and lovely sunshine.  Lots
 of great times for Ranelagh runners.  Pick of the bunch, not just in my view
 but according to the statistical truth that is Ken Powley, was Ed Forbes,
 who nailed it and added almost 6 percentage points to his best age graded
 run, with a time of 81:09.  Ranelagh men also took first prize for the 3 to
 score team competition, and almost certainly will have won the 4 to score in
 the Surrey Road League. Szymon Chojnacki smashed his PB as our first
 finisher.  Neatly, Ian Kenton (course PB), Jordan Mungovan and Marc Leyshon
 finished 11 seconds apart in 13th, 14th and 15th positions. Ted Mockett was
 our fifth, not far behind, in a field counting over 500 runners. Ken tells
 me that Kris Davidson (6th home) and Phil Roberts also managed age-graded PBs -
 well done! Rachel Smith was the first of our seven ladies.
 Congratulations are also in order to the superb organisers and volunteers
 for what is a pinnacle of the Ranelagh calendar, and an important fundraiser
 for the club.”

 Just to emphasise Phil’s last line: it never ceases to amazes me that we
 manage to allow over forty members to run while also filling all the
 necessary marshalling, water station and other posts so efficiently. Highest
 praise should go to Race Director Sandra Forrest, volunteers co-ordinator
 Trevor Maguire and their team.  

 Overall winner of the race was last year’s champion Belgrave’s Lithuanian
 Vegan Andrius Jaksevicius. Only after a protracted battle with South
 London’s Ollie Garrod did Andrius manage to pull away, showing no
 ill-effects from his 2:25 clocking in last week’s London Marathon. Leading
 woman in 54th place was Fulham’s Rose Penfold  

   1   Andrius Jaksevicius  Belgrave H       71.49    SM  
   2   Ollie Garrod         Epsom & Ewell H  72.27    SM  
   3   Paul Cheetham        Thames H&H       72.54    M40+
   9   Szymon Chojnacki     Ranelagh H       75.25    SM  
  13   Ian Kenton                            75.59    SM  
  14   Jordan Mungovan                       76.08    SM  
  15   Marc Leyshon                          76.10    SM  
  23   Ted Mockett                           78.25    M40+
  26   Kris Davidson                         78.27    M40+
  33   George Howard                         79.00    M40+
  41   Chris Bundhun                         79.51    SM  
  43   Nick Twomey                           80.45    SM  
  48   Edward Forbes                         81.09    M40+
  53   David Ready                           81.59    SM 
  55   Rose Penfold (Fulham)                 82.54    SL  (1st woman) 
  57   James Whistler                        83.14    SM  
  58   Sergio Stillacci                      83.20    M45+
  70   Peter Smith                           84.47    SM  
  76   Lisa Rooney (Collingwood)             85.56    L35+  (2nd woman)
  81   Vaughan Ramsay                        86.40    M45+
  84   Neil Rae                              87.06    M45+
  96   Ruth Hutton (South London H)          88.45    L45+  (3rd woman)    
  99   Dan Little                            88.54    SM  
 137   Marco Perinelli                       92.40    M45+
 143   Philip Beausang                       93.06    SM  
 161   Marcus Atkins                         94.25    M55+
 168   Alex Ring                             95.06    M45+
 172   Martin Harris                         95.13    M50+
 199   Ben Shore                             97.10    M40+
 206   Bill Neely                            97.30    M55+
 207   Phil Roberts                          97.35    M50+
 223   Simon Martin                          99.09    M45+
 236   Richard Willoughby                   100.26    M50+
 252   John Hobson                          101.43    M50+
 256   Kevin Kearey                         102.05    M50+
 263   Mark Byatt                           102.58    M50+
 277   Paul Wapshott                        103.46    M50+
 319   Rachel Smith                         106.38    L45+
 326   Alberto Esguevillas                  107.23    M45+
 336   Richard Pender                       108.26    M55+
 393   Fiona Pugh                           115.00    L45+
 407   Claire Warner                        115.51    SL  
 421   Rebecca Bissell                      117.13    L35+
 435   Carol Aikin                          118.23    L55+
 471   Jo Marshall                          123.10    L35+
 479   Karima Graham                        125.04    L35+
 527   Alan Meaden                          129.23    M60+
 TEAMS MEN (3 to Score)         TEAMS WOMEN (3 to Score) 
  1  Ranelagh Harriers  36      1  South London Harriers 37  
  2  The Stragglers     59      2  The Stragglers        46  
  3  Reigate Priory     72      3  London City AC        47  
 the Hawker Centre
 Nearly a hundred young runners took part in this, the first of six events to
 be held throughout the summer months. Ranelagh fielded a great total of 18
 runners, though in the team reckoning we were beaten to first place by the
 numerically superior Flaming Penguins team. It was a close thing though,
 with only five points separating the leading two. However, we had the upper
 hand in the individual result. Fastest boys on the day were Bertie Thomas
 and James Rushby on 7.08. Josh Harwood-White and Ned Thomas were close
 behind. First Boy – excluding first timers – was Ben Rushby, ahead of James
 Ricketts and Tate Lawler. Fastest Ranelagh girl was Gemima Goulding on

 All under 18s are welcome to take part. The next race is from the Ranelagh
 clubhouse on Thursday 18th May. See above for details. 

 1   J Grayling (unatt)       13.39  (actual time 8.39)
 6   Bertie Thomas (Ranelagh) 15.08  (7.08)
 7   Remy Lefeuille           15.09  (10.09)
 8   Josh Harwood-White       15.12  (7.12)
 9   Gemima Goulding          15.18  (10.18)
 21  Ben Rushby               16.52  (8.52)
 22  James Ricketts           17.00  (10.00)
 26  Ned Thomas               17.14  (7.14)
 29  Tate Lawler              17.33  (9.33)
 43  Oliver Beal              18.29  (7.59)
 45  Cian O’Brien             18.35  (11.35)
 48  Izabella Taylor          18.37  (10.37)
 50  Sam Rushby               18.44  (7.44)
 61  Noko Yamaguchi           19.05  (11.05)
 64  James Rushby             19.08  (7.08)
 75  Angus O’Brien            19.34  (8.34)
 78  Alfie Lafeuille          19.43  (8.13)
 86  Nathaniel Bond           19.55  (8.25)
 88  Matthew Beal             20.05  (7.35)               

 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km  Friday 26th April in Hyde Park
 1   J Tipper (Kent)          15.43
 12  Ian Kenton (Rane)        16.31
 10 Steve Aikin               21.16
 178 Andy Bickerstaff         23.22
 210 Carol Aikin              25.17
 255 Alan Davidson            29.22    

 WIMBLEDON COMMON TRAIL RACE  5 miles  Wednesday 1st May
 1   C High (G&G)             26.38
 23  C Mason (Invicta EK)     30.53  (1st woman)
 24  Chris Bundhun (Rane)     30.56
 26  Al Morgan                31.05
 27  Edward Forbes            31.13
 65  Nick Fordham             34.22
 86  Ben Shore                36.05
 98  Bonnie Morgan            37.11
 100 Steve Aikin              37.24
 153 John Ricketts            41.15
 175 Carol Aikin              44.06  
 1   J Beech (Breckla)        1:11.07
 352 Bob Beatson              1:54.47

 ESHER 10km  Monday 6th May
 Jonathan Smith took first place.

 1   Jonathan Smith (Rane)    36.50
 5   Ed Smith                 39.26

 ISLE OF WIGHT CHALLENGE Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May
 Rachel Revett reports:
 “The Isle of Wight Challenge was 106km/66 miles with various options
 available (quarter, half, full over two days and full continuous) and around
 2000 participants overall. Ranelagh had two runners taking on the challenge,
 James Ritchie and myself, both doing the full, continuous option. The route
 follows the coastal path most of the way, with about 1700m of elevation
 gain. There are eight rest stops, well stocked with food and drink (you
 could feast your way around the island if you wanted). Conditions were good,
 if a little windy at times, and there was more chance of getting wet from
 sea spray than from rain! It was a beautiful run, and as my first ultra, a
 great introduction to running a long way in beautiful places. James came
 third, in 11h 47 mins, and I came in three hours later, with just the last
 few km in the dark, to finish 43rd (7th woman). 426 people finished the
 full, continuous challenge. I camped overnight, and enjoyed cheering in a
 few of the walkers while I was having breakfast the next morning. I'd highly
 recommend this event.” 

 James adds:
 “This is the first race I've done where runners have had to stop and wait
 for a ferry halfway through (across the River Medina in Cowes).  I caught up
 with the first and second place runners here, shortly joined by the fourth
 runner, and despite a ten minute wait we managed to set sail just as the
 fifth placed runner arrived.  The organisers had saved quite a lot of ascent
 for the final stretch, but by that point it came as a relief to be able to
 walk for a bit.  I've previously run Action Challenge's rather flatter
 Thames Path Challenge a couple of times, but enjoyed this route more with
 the mix of ups and downs.  I even saw a red squirrel at one point - all in
 all a great day out!”

 1   C Bracken (unatt)        10:25.17
 2   A May (Herc Wimb)        11:22.53
 3   James Ritchie (Ranelagh) 11:47.21
 8   H Chapman (Brack F)      12:19.43  (1st woman)
 43  Rachel Revett (Ranelagh) 14:47.34  (7th woman)

 “My old ears have taken a pounding during the past two weeks. The thousands
 of supporters along the Boston and London routes do provide welcome
 encouragement, but the high decibels left my ears with a ringing sensation.
 From the screams outside Wellesley High School to the Embankment there was
 no let up. Still it makes a change from the twittering of the birds up on
 the Burren mountains.
 The yellow school buses seen on numerous filuums are commandeered on
 Marathon Monday to transport 30 thousand runners out to Hopkinton, where
 they assemble in the makeshift village. This year the buses came to a halt
 after about twenty minutes due to heavy rain. Our bus driver informed us she
 had to stop as the windows were fogging up, and also the organisers were
 reluctant to have too many runners standing around in Hopkinton, due to the
 thunder and lightning. If the conditions didn't improve the race would not
 go ahead. However the storm passed, and the day turned out to be dry and a
 little humid. 
 The highlight, if you could call it a highlight,  was being passed at around
 the 19 mile mark by a tall, strong looking runner. I recognised him as he
 was highlighted during the build up to the marathon. It seems he has beaten
 Ed.Whitlock's over 70 marathon record. It was Gene Dykes and he finished in
 a time of 2 hours 58 minutes. It does put one’s time into perspective!
 London it seems grows bigger year by year, the 42,000 runners looks like a
 record set among the big city marathons. It could not be achieved without
 the volunteers, advising and dispensing water with a smile. 
 Collecting for  charity has become synonymous with London. I do make an
 attempt to run for some cause,  but I find I keep returning to the same
 people, and as generous as most of them are I think a little charity fatigue
 may be setting in. Some comments may be negative but the end result is the
 charities do benefit from the marathon. Maybe the amount pledged  doesn't
 correspond to the amount  received, but it's still substantial. A person
 shouldn't feel guilty  not running for a charity. Two weeks before the
 marathon I approached a small, local charity based at the West Middlesex
 Hospital in Isleworth called The Mulberry Centre. It provides support for
 anyone affected by cancer.
 Conditions for the race were almost perfect, and having retrieved my clothes
 it was very pleasant dressing under the gaze of puzzled ducks and big billed
 pelicans, surrounded by colourful tulips in St. James’s Park. It wasn't a
 bad day among the birds.”    

 parkrun results...
 Follow this link for the latest Ranelagh results". Then follow
 the “Previously” link at the bottom of the parkrun screen to access previous
 weeks’ results.     

 Ranelagh Aussie Simon Wolnizer gallantly carries a virtually insensible
 runner across the London Marathon finishing line. Simon appears just before
 2:53. Note this video will only be available for a short time.  

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